Los Angeles Chargers News
1-19-17: The city of San Diego took a hit earlier this month as the Chargers announced their plans to relocate to Los Angeles beginning in the 2017 NFL season. The StubHub Center, home of MLS’s Galaxy, will serve as the franchise’s home field during its inaugural year. Ground was broken on a a new, 80,000-seat stadium in December, where the Chargers and Rams will share hosting duties beginning in 2019. The move to Los Angeles caps a 56-year stay in San Diego that donned one AFL Championship and one Super Bowl appearance.
12-28-15: The good vibes from their win in their last game at Qualcomm Stadium were erased for the San Diego Chargers, who lost in overtime to the Oakland Raiders. The Chargers finish the season on the road against the Denver Broncos, looking to earn their fifth win.
12-22-15: It was a rare win for the Chargers on Sunday, who took down the Dolphins for the fourth victory of the season. They'll travel up to Oakland to take on the Raiders this weekend, where Raiders vs Chargers tickets average $132.31 and the get-in price is $54 on the secondary market.
12-15-15: The Chargers' woes continued on Sunday after falling to the Chiefs, 3-10, at Arrowhead Stadium. At 3-10 they will look forward to an elongated offseason and have just three games remaining. The Chargers will host the Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium this Sunday, where Chargers vs Dolphins tickets average $143.14 and the get-in price is $75.
12-8-15: The troubles continue for the Chargers in a forgettable 2015 campaign. The team dropped a 17-3 loss to the Broncos over the weekend and now set to face the the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday. The average price for Chiefs vs Chargers tickets is currently $75.98 and the get-in price starts at just $10 on the secondary market. The Chargers are just 3-9 on the season and may finish with their worst record since 2003's dismal 4-12 season.
12-4-15: The Chargers broke their six-game losing streak with a big win over the Jaguars on the road last week and now set to face the surging Broncos this Sunday. According to TicketIQ, the average price for Broncos vs Chargers tickets is $193.93 and the get-in price is $109 on the secondary market.
11-25-15: The losing continues for the Chargers, who have dropped their last six games. They'll travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars this Sunday. The average price for Jaguars vs Chargers tickets is $87.61 and the get-in price is just $27 on the secondary market.
11-19-15: Philip Rivers would like to forget the 2015 NFL season. His Chargers are riding a five-game losing streak entering Sunday's game with the Chiefs. According to TicketIQ the average price for Chargers vs Chiefs tickets is $120.65 and the get-in price is $56 on the secondary market.
11-13-15: Not even Philip Rivers' bolo tie could save the San Diego Chargers this year. At 2-7 the team sits in the basement of the AFC West and will miss yet another postseason. The average price for San Diego Chargers tickets on TicketIQ over the team's final three home games is $186.35 on the secondary market. LaDainian Tomlinson will have his jersey retired prior to a game against the Kansas City Chiefs November 22, and the average secondary price for Chargers vs Chiefs tickets is just $140.44 with a get-in price of $47.
10-20-15: Now on a two-game losing streak with a last-second loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and a road loss to the Green Bay Packers, the San Diego Chargers are going to have to start being on the right side of some of their close matchups. Another important division matchup looms, as the Chargers host the Oakland Raiders in the 4:05 p.m. ET slate.
9-29-15: The San Diego Chargers regressed in week three, as they didn’t bring the goods on offense in crushing 31-14 road loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Keenan Allen did all of San Diego’s damage on offense, as he destroyed Minnesota’s secondary en route to 133 yards and two touchdowns on 12 receptions. Philip Rivers couldn’t avoid costly turnovers, however, as he ruined a fairly efficient day with a pick and lost fumble, while also taking four sacks. San Diego continued to come up lame defensively, as they got abused by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to the tune of 126 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The Bolts will try to turn things around in week four, when they host the 1-2 Cleveland Browns.
9-22-15: Philip Rivers remained on top of his game in week two, as he completed 21 of 27 passes for 241 yards and two scores in a close loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Rivers even got some strong help from the running game, as rookie rusher Melvin Gordon combined with the shifty Danny Woodhead to put 114 yards on the ground against the Bengals. It was a strong performance considering it was on the road, but San Diego’s defense didn’t do enough against the Bengals, who saw Giovani Bernard explode for 139 total yards in Cincy’s 24-19 win. San Diego will try to rise back up to 2-1 in week three, when they go up against the Minnesota Vikings.
9-8-15: The San Diego Chargers made a surprise move recently when they cut reliable kicker Nick Novak. The team appears to like the upside of undrafted kicker Josh Lambo, who brings some athleticism to the position and also has a monster leg. Rolling with Lambo is a fairly risky proposition given how consistently solid Novak was, but the move could keep San Diego’s special team extra versatile. The Bolts have otherwise stayed healthy with little roster movement throughout the preseason, as they look focused in trying to start the 2015 NFL season off 1-0 against the Detroit Lions this week. The Lions appear far less formidable on paper now that defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is in Miami, while Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford tends to struggle on the road in general. It all should add up to a win for the Chargers in week one, where they play host at Qualcomm Stadium.
9-1-15: The San Diego Chargers nearly stayed perfect through the first weeks of preseason play, as they narrowly fell to the visiting Seahawks, thanks to a last second 60-yard field goal. Philip Rivers and the first team offense fared well against Seattle’s tough defense, as the veteran completed over 68% of his passes and helped the Bolts to two scoring drives. Rookie rusher Melvin Gordon got plenty of chances to prove himself on the ground in this one, but averaged just 2.4 yards per carry on a healthy 14 tries. Backup running back Branden Oliver stole the show with a 70-yard touchdown catch, while also adding 14 yards on the ground. With mostly everyone accounted for on both sides of the ball, the major injury issue in San Diego lies with offensive guard Johnnie Troutman, who is reportedly targeting a week three return after breaking his arm on the 14th.
8-25-15: San Diego’s second preseason game of the year ended in thrilling fashion, as rookie kicker Josh Lambo connected on all three of his field goal tries, including a 42-yarder to give the Bolts a 22-19 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon sat out of this one, but should be ready to go on Saturday night when San Diego hosts the Seattle Seahawks in their regular season dress rehearsal. With not much happening on offense, the real story of the weekend took place on defense, with pass rusher Melvin Ingram racking up two sacks against the Cardinals. Ingram added six tackles for good measure in a great performance that should give him much-needed confidence going into the new season.
8-18-15: Philip Rivers played one series and Danny Woodhead scored on a draw play as the San Diego Chargers got preseason play started off right with a 17-7 home win over the Dallas Cowboys. Woodhead replaced rookie rusher Melvin Gordon near the goal-line to get the score, while Gordon struggled on the day (just 11 yards on six carries). San Diego got strong play from their offensive backfield overall, however, as Branden Oliver added another rushing score, along with 53 yards on 10 totes. San Diego didn’t get out of their first preseason game unscathed, unfortunately, as outside linebacker Tourek Williams suffered a broken foot and offensive guard Johnnie Troutman broke his arm. Williams will need surgery and is likely lost for the season, while Troutman could also join him on injured reserve. Both injuries are big hits to San Diego’s depth and could have them hitting up free agency before the season starts.
8-12-15: Melvin Gordon is slated to be San Diego’s top running back as a rookie in 2015, but his struggles in pass protection continue. The Bolts will want to get a good look at his ability to pick up blocking assignments in their preseason opener on Thursday night. Gordon could have a tough time trying to pick up the blitz against the Dallas Cowboys, but if he can fare well he might cement his starting job. San Diego will also be looking to establish chemistry between quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end LaDarius Green. Green is slated to open the season as Rivers’ main tight end with Antonio Gates sidelined due to a four-game ban. Defensively, the Chargers will want to give a strong performance to kick off the preseason, and they’ll attempt to do so against Tony Romo and a strong Cowboys offense.
8-5-15: Rookie running back Melvin Gordon is slated for a huge role in his first season, but early reports out of camp have the former Badger struggling with pass protection. Unless Gordon dramatically improves in his blocking assignments, he’s a near-lock to lose game reps to passing down specialist Danny Woodhead. While that’s not the best news for the offense, LaDarius Green has the team excited for the rest of the passing game. Green is said to be enjoying a great camp early on and could thrive for the first four games of the year when teammate Antonio Gates sits out due to suspension. The Bolts got some bad news recently, as well, as defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi was placed on injured reserve with a broken foot. After appearing in all 16 games a year ago, he’s now lost for the season and dramatically lessens San Diego’s depth up front.
7-28-15: The San Diego Chargers officially get their 2015 season under way on July 29th, when veterans and rookies report to camp. All eyes will be on rookie running back Melvin Gordon and his progress with the playbook and assignments, but fellow back Danny Woodhead could also be a name to watch. Per reports, the coaching staff remains high on the shifty specialist, who is still set to be a “key cog” in the team’s offense. No news on Philip Rivers is bad news, as the team is said to want to lock down their franchise quarterback to a long-term deal, but Rivers is “content” playing out the final year on his deal. While there is some uncertainty for the long-term, Rivers will be at camp to practice with his teammates. LaDarius Green is one he’ll try to form a nice connection with, as Green will take over for Antonio Gates for the first four games of the year due to a suspension.
7-22-15: The San Diego Chargers report to training camp on July 29th and they still won’t have franchise quarterback Philip Rivers locked up to a long-term deal. The 33-year old passer appears content to ride the 2015 season out and consider his options following the season. That could be a somewhat risky move, especially with reliable target Antonio Gates on the shelf for the first four games of the season (suspension). Gates’ time away could be good for young tight end LaDarius Green, however, and how he progresses in a bigger role will be something to watch over the next month. The same can be said for defensive lineman Corey Liuget, who the Bolts handed a mega deal this summer ($30.5 million guaranteed). Even more fun to monitor, however, could be rookie rusher Melvin Gordon, who is set to take over lead running back duties.
5-4-15: There was a lot of chatter about the San Diego Chargers leading into the draft. The team could be moving, Philip Rivers could be traded and on and on. In the end, Rivers stayed put and the Bolts simply continued to build around their veteran quarterback, as they added several key impact players in the draft that could help San Diego take another positive step forward in 2015. First round pick Melvin Gordon easily stands out atop them all, as he replaces the departed Ryan Mathews and projects as the team’s new featured running back. Gordon wasn’t the only big pick, though, as San Diego made great use of just five draft picks by also adding inside linebacker Denzel Perryman in round two, while also addressing cornerback, outside linebacker and the defensive line with their other picks. To see who else they selected in the 2015 NFL Draft, read on:
Round One - Pick 15: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Round Two - Pick 48: Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
Round Three - Pick 83: Craig Mager, CB, Texas State
Round Five - Pick 153: Kyle Emmanuel, OLB, North Dakota State
Round Six - Pick 192: Darius Philon, DT, Arkansas
4-9-15: The San Diego Chargers did a solid job in not letting anyone go in free agency that they absolutely needed. Running back Ryan Mathews fled for the Eagles, but Mathews was a constant injury risk and the team appeared ready to move on. With Mathews gone, San Diego is extremely likely to take a running back early in the 2015 NFL Draft or in the second wave of free agency. The Bolts were proactive elsewhere, as they kept their offensive line together by holding onto King Dunlap and Trevor Robinson and brought in Orlando Franklin. Cornerback Brandon Flowers was their biggest re-signing, while the Chargers also signed return man Jacoby Jones and Stevie Johnson to help make up for the loss of slot man Eddie Royal. San Diego still lacks a consistent outside edge rusher on defense and will probably consider taking an impact wideout at some point in the draft, as well.
3-9-15: Mike McCoy’s second straight 9-7 finish didn’t end so well, as the San Diego Chargers failed to make the playoffs in 2014. It was a disappointing end to what initially looked like the makings of a great season, but the Bolts still figure to have the talent to make a run in 2015. Protecting Philip Rivers will be one of the greatest concerns, as the offensive line play was all over the map a year ago. The Chargers got on doing just that right away, as they’ve already retained tackle King Dunlap and figure to bring in more o-line help in free agency and the draft. The team will also need to make a decision on free agent running back Ryan Mathews, who they could bring back at a discount price or try to replace. Defense may be the name of the game for the Bolts this offseason, as they’ll let Dwight Freeney walk and may need to land an impact pass rusher. San Diego did already retain star cornerback Brandon Flowers, though, so they should be well on their way to improving on defense.